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Sunday, 24 November, 2002, 18:39 GMT
Spanish triumph for Cherigat
Nerurkar's record had stood for nine years
Kenya's Timothy Cherigat set a new course record of 2hr 9min 34sec to win the San Sebastian Marathon on Sunday.

It was also the fastest-ever marathon performance on Spanish soil.

Cherigat broke away with two kilometres remaining in the 42km race to finish 24sec ahead of his compatriot David Busenei.

Willy Cheruiyot, who completed a Kenyan clean sweep of the first three places, crossed the line third in 2:10:32.

Kenyans filled the first eight places and another Kenyan, Margaret Atudonyang, won the women's race.

Cherigat, 26, broke a course record that has stood to Britain's Richard Nerukar at 2:10:03 since 1993. Nerurkar won the World Cup when it was held in the Basque city nine years ago.

Cherigat, whose best previous result was finishing 10th in last year's Boston Marathon, took advantage of perfect conditions to smash his personal best by nearly five minutes.

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